Simons not in cabinet
Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons has not been named by premier John Horgan to the new provincial government’s cabinet.
“I am very disappointed that I have not been selected to cabinet,” said Simons. “I understand that not everyone can get in and the most important thing is we have a new government that will put the interest of the public first.”
Simons was reelected for a fourth term after a landslide win in his riding.
Horgan was able to form a minority government through an agreement made between the BC NDP, holders of 41 seats in the legislature, and the BC Green Party, which claimed three seats, that surpassed the BC Liberals total of 43 seats.
City restricts water usage
New City of Powell River water restrictions will come into effect as early as Tuesday, July 18, and could continue into September. Bypass pumping on the Haslam Lake water trunk main project will necessitate a stage-two restriction. Under stage two, property owners with odd-numbered street addresses may water from 12-9 am on odd calendar days; property owners with even-numbered addresses may water between 12-9 am on even calendar days. Bans on car washing, exterior washing of buildings, patios and sidewalks, and commercial pressure washing are also in place.
Fire risk rises
As of Monday, July 17, BC Wildfire Service increased the fire danger for Powell River and Texada Island to its extreme level, the highest possible alert, due to extremely dry forest fuels.